Everyday is a day to be grateful for what we have been blessed. Let’s face it, we are lucky to live in a country with so much abundance and resources. Yes there are many things happening that might make it seem like this isn’t the case but when you compare what we are blessed with to many other situations around the world we are Blessed. This week, here in America, we are celebrating Thanksgiving and looking at all the things we have to be grateful for.
I will thank the Lord with all my heart. Psalm 111:1 NCV
When we take time out to give thanks for the blessings that we enjoy each day, we realize how much God has given us. When we are grateful for what we have and find joy in all that surrounds us it opens up the opportunity to receive. When we are not grateful for what we already have then there is no reason to give us more. I think the biggest lesson I have learned is that it doesn’t matter what our situation is, what matters is our attitude toward the situation. When we can learn to be happy where we are then we can truly appreciate the journey. Look around…most of us believe if we were just a little bit better looking, or had more money, or better behaved children, or a more loving spouse, or a better job, or ___________ you fill in the blank, then we would be happy. Now look around at the people you know that have what you want…look closely and you’ll find some who are happy and some who are still miserable. What’s the difference? Some would be happy no matter what their situation because of their attitude. They have chosen to be grateful for what they have and look at the bright side and minimize the rest; on the other hand the ones who are still seeking to find that next thing that will make them happy or satisfy them haven’t learned to look around and be grateful for where they are and all they have already been given. For every person who is griping about their job their is another who is praying for one. For every person who is griping about their spouse their is a widow/widower who is praying they just had one more day with theirs; or a single person who wishes they could find a spouse. The next time you think I wish… or if I only… yes but…. look around and ask yourself what have I been given to be grateful for? This Thanksgiving let’s be TRULY grateful for all that we have been given!
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24